Trout Bite Has Been Good

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Not much change at the refuge as the water level is still low in the south marsh and the Narciss boat ramp is unusable, though the main boat ramp is.  Surface water temperatures have dropped into the low 50’s and the trout bite is good. The recent front and precipitation have really slowed the bass bite. With the cooler water temperatures the few bass that are being caught are taken in the afternoon.  Minimum keeper size is 10 inches.  Soft plastic grubs in blue, black or purple and rigged weedless should work, but really slow the presentation down.  Fishing conditions in the collection ditch has been good for 13 to 18-inch trout with an occasional 20 inches. NDOW has started stocking the collection ditch with trout.  Dry flies maystill work though hoppers are phasing out but trout are still used to seeing them. Based on the weather forecast, this will probably end this weekend with the front moving through. Chironomid patterns such as zebra midges, red butt buzzers, chironocones and ice cream cones should catch fish. Other flies such as leech patterns, balanced leeches, crystal buggers, #14-16 hare’s ears, #16-18 PT nymphs and scuds fished under an indicator are recommended. Like the south marsh, the weeds are thick in places in the collection ditch though starting to recede with the colder temperatures.  As the vegetation dies off, scuds and leeches lose their habitat and make easy pickings for the trout.  Fish leech and scud patterns along the edges of dying vegetation.  Spin anglers should be using small spinners in black or olive with contrasting yellow or red colors as well as small minnow imitations.  The collection ditch is artificial lures only, no bait.

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